In previous seasons, we reported a mid mountain snow depth. This was done largely by guess - either some of our on snow folks making an educated guess, or by extrapolation - adding a certain amount or percentage to our base area snow depth. We never really had an accurate reading for ourselves or to share with our guests.
Earlier this season our snow safety team scouted out some locations on the mountain to place a stake that we could record mid mountain depths. We needed to find a spot that was relatively undisturbed, didn't snow load or get wind scoured, was accessible for our grooming or patrol crews to read regularly and was representory of our middle mountain conditions. The preferred location was near the top of Roach Bowl at the 6,250 foot elevation. Our NWAC telemetry (our official measurement) is located at the 5,380 foot elevation.
Initially the snow stake was 110" in length. It's first measurement, way back in December - was 31" when we had 22" in the base. Turns out 110" probably won't be enough stake, as we reached the 100" mark today. Our snow safety team spliced an extension on to the stake so we will be able to continue to measure and report at mid mountain - and compare to our base area depth.
So this is cause for a little "unofficial" celebration. We hit 100" at mid mountain. Hurray! And with our base depth at 75" and winter kicking into gear, we're hoping to celebrate reaching the century mark officially soon!